CLOUDSCAPES

Ever remember as a child lying in the grass and staring up at the clouds in the sky, mentally forming their shapes into patterns that revealed the shapes of dragons, animals, pirate ships … almost any conceivable thing you could dream to invent? That is what this portfolio is about. When I first came to Florida, I was overcome by the dramatic, sculptural formations of large cumulus clouds. I began photographing them and never stopped. The wonderful thing about clouds as a landscape- or “sky-scape”- is that they are constantly changing. Within seconds there is a new scene in the sky. I was used to photographing the dramatic western landscapes of the American West where mountains and terrain change very slowly, if at all. Even there, I always tried to tie my western landscapes to some could formation that would make the scene uniquely my own because I knew that sky formation would not be there tomorrow. This portfolio series is only about the sky and its cloud formations and how subtle changes in shape and color can bring about dramatic differences in the palette Nature has given me to use for my creations.

Found Hearts

My wife, Faith, loves hearts. Always has.

Early in our relationship, I began capturing images of hearts I found randomly in my travels. I would use the photographs to make her cards, calendars, and pictures to celebrate special occasions. I have hundreds of photographs of these “found hearts”. Recently, I thought of combining them with other background images I have collected over time. The final images come together aesthetically, the elements relating purely by matching color and form.

American West

A special series of fine art images dedicated to landscapes and lifestyles of the American West. All the prints in this series are done as limited editions. Most are available in two sizes.

CITIES

Cities, like New York, often come with a frenzied lifestyle, a hustle and bustle, and with a promise of excitement right around the next corner. I feel that my creative style of capturing myriad aspects of large cities and later combining the images to tell a story of city living can reveal the diversity of city life in ways that reflect its appeal – pulling us first one way, then another until we are enveloped in the sheer passion of its allure.

JUXTAPOSE

My latest portfolio subject forms compositions using images with diverse often unrelated topics and gives birth to a new reality with the colors and forms interacting to create relationships beyond the reality of what they are. They become pure compositions of light, shape, and color.   

ODYSSEY

The ODYSSEY images comprise some of the latest additions to the changing environment series.

This series of images borrow from Cubism the technique of illustrating space volumetrically by moving through it to reveal alternate views of the same scene. In addition to the spatial reconstruction, this process adds an element of time to the works as the various components of the scene are photographed from different perspectives and different moments and later reassembled into a larger, more comprehensive experience. I strive to have the viewer participate in my exploration of the scene.

Most of the prints in this portfolio are available in sizes other than those mentioned. Many of them can go much larger than listed here.

Flora

Flora is a selection of images I have created to reflect our mutual existence as life forms on the same fragile planet, cycling through similar life cycles. Henry David Thoreau taught me how to look at nature, and the microcosm of nature (i.e. nature up close). This is where we learn about living in a “natural way”. It is very Zen in that it reflects the challenge of living in harmony with the natural flow of life itself.

Horizons

Life begins where the heavens meet the earth. The horizon line is our first measurement of the planet. It provides balance, stability, and wonderment for what might lie beyond.  The nature of the Florida peninsula centers around the weather as it interplays with the area’s land, water, sky, and flora, creating a rare beauty that can shift from sedate and friendly to powerful and threatening. The flatness of the terrain forces the horizon line to become an essential compositional element separating the land and water from the sky. This is the terroir for my creative spirit as I work to interpret this place.